Eden Gardens could further run into trouble with the hosting of the remaining
three games of the World Cup. according to reports it has been said that
the stadium officials have told the ICC that they will not be able to cover the
roofs for most part of the stadium and that will mean that they would have refused
to do what the ICC has told them.
The Eden Gardens was to host the India-England tie in the World Cup
on February 27. However, the ICC took a stand that the work at the stadium wasn't
complete enough to allow them to host the game. Instead, the game was transferred
to Bangalore. However, it was said that the ICC had yet to take a decision on
the status of the remaining three games that were to be played at the venue.
It is said that the ICC sent an email to the Cricket Association of Bengal
asking them to finish the work pertaining to the remaining roof construction
and have also asked them to cover the new stands by February 14.
However, the Bengal association has said that it will not be possible for them
to do so given the lack of time. The officials said that there were many grounds
in the world that did not have a covered stand. According to the official, the
CAB had also told the ICC even before that they will not be able to cover the
stands but the ICC hadn't responded to that email before.
According to the current scenario, four of the stands at the Eden Gardens are
yet to be closed and the stadium did not have any plans in place to cover it
in the near future.
The officials have also said that the Bengal association had told ICC in a
point by point email that it will not be possible to do so and even if the games
are taken away from the stadium, there was nothing that they could do about
There were also reports that the officials have said that they will get the
stadium ready by February 7 and show the world that they had been robbed of
the India-England game.
Earlier, Harbhajan Singh had expressed his disappointment at not having
got the opportunity to play at Eden Gardens against England saying that
it was the side's main venue. India play all their games except the one
against Bangladesh at Dhaka.